Annie Harpel

Annie was born in Illinois, grew up in Orange County, and now lives in a quiet beach town along the Central Coast of CA. She is a poet, essayist, fine art photographer and artist. Her poetry has been published in local newspapers and online literary journals including Drabble and First Literary Review – East, Heart of Flesh and a previous issue of Impspired. She has taught poetry workshops at several county libraries and is a member of Cambria Writers Workshop. She says poetry is her raft, star, song, umbrella.


eight years of 
writers workshop Wednesdays
provides me a sense of 
teachable moments
immense gratitude

stories, poems read aloud
many, deeply personal
we listen
critique with respect, honesty

a fellowship
rooted in our love and commitment
to nurture soul stories to life

actively waiting

early morning
soft warm breeze
rustles the bevy of volunteer calla lilies
hummingbird landed
on late winter’s bare branch
I look at him
he looks around
God brought us to this pause
acknowledging our surroundings
before moving on

cancer will bring me
to my port of call
where I will drop anchor
in heaven
until then
I pray for God to hold me safe
keep my footing steady


within a forest 
lies a felled tree
stump remains 

what is left as dead and useless
has become a vessel
which through a slight crack
a mighty leaf shoots forth

reaches for the sun

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